After a particularly long work week, curling up with a law-review article can seem a little daunting for weekend reading.  So for this weekend, I’ve been saving up some really promising magazine articles — short, concise, entertaining, and full of terrific information about privacy.  Here are a few ideas that might make for bite-size reading on a nice autumn afternoon:

  • We’ve all been thinking about the “right to be forgotten,” which emerged from a decision of the European Court of Justice this summer.  Can it cross the Atlantic?  I’ll be writing about that soon (please check back), but in the meantime Jeffrey Toobin has just published an incisive article about it in this month’s New Yorker.  Entitled The Solace of Oblivion, it features provocative views on the decision by many of the best thinkers in privacy, including Marc Rotenberg (for) and Jules Polonetsky (against).  A great read.
  • Personalized advertising is the lifeblood of the digital ecosystem, and the ingenuity of those in that part of our industry is extraordinary.  The Economist recently published a special report on digital advertising technology and methods called Little Brother.  (You might have to subscribe to read the entire special section.)  And FTC chief technologist Latanya Sweeney just published an interesting piece called Online Ads Roll the Dice — I’m betting we’ll hear a lot about this piece.
  • Microsoft researcher and Harvard professor danah boyd has written a book on teenagers in the digital world, entitled It’s Complicated: the Social Lives of Networked Teens.  As always, danah’s work is a breath of fresh air in a too-often overheated space.  If you haven’t picked up her book yet and would like to know a bit about her conclusions, take a look at this excellent interview with danah.

If there are interesting and compelling pieces you’re reading or watching about privacy these days, we’d love to know about them.  Please tell us on Facebook or Twitter, and we’ll share them through the blog.